Where can you see the best flower shows? Every spring, cities across the nation host garden events. With design competitions, vendor marketplaces and a wonderful array of specially cultivated flowers, these shows are the perfect way to get excited about spring planting.
The 19th annual Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden show is scheduled for February 24th to 27th, 2011 in Providence. This show is advertised as New England’s premiere flower show. There are over 25 local exhibitors presenting displays on the theme of “Gardening with Heart.” Along with a marketplace, there are also educational lectures and displays. Learn more about “Pruning with Purpose: Simple Solutions for Healthy Plants” or “Vegetable Gardening for Dummies: The Perfect Primer for Growing Premier Vegetables.” One of the finest flower shows in the country takes place in Philadelphia. From March 6th to 13th, 2011, experience about 60 vivid displays on the theme “Springtime in Paris.” All ticket sales benefit the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. About 200 vendors exhibit in the marketplace, all within the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Take in educational seminars on topics like “Growing Orchids with French Flair” or “Going Native: Great Plants for your Garden.”
Further west, the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show happens from March 3rd to March 6th in 2011. Visit the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to take in this 22nd anniversary show with displays on themes like “Serenity” and “Fragrance.” With over 250 exhibitors in the marketplace, you’ll find everything you need to create your own stunning garden. Educational seminars include ways to avoid “Top Ten Landscape Mistakes” or let you explore “Edible Landscaping.” Visit Chicago’s Navy Pier from March 5th through 13th, 2011 to take in the Flower and Garden Show. Find inspiration and motivation with their displays on “The Sport of Gardening.” There are over 30 gardens to see from top Midwest designers. Over 100 vendors offer products and services. Educational seminars are available on topics like “Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care” and “Herbs to Delight Your Senses.”
Portland hosts the Yard, Garden and Patio show, organized by the Oregon Association of Nurseries. Scheduled from February 18th to 20th in 2011, it is the largest consumer gardening exposition staffed entirely by volunteers. With 40 hours of educational seminars you can learn about “Hummingbird Madness” or “Fabulous Fruits for Northwest Gardeners.” Seattle’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show takes places from February 23rd to 27th in 2011 in the Washington State Convention Center. The theme for the show is “Once Upon a Time.” With over six acres of show gardens and 300 exhibitors in the marketplace there’s plenty to see, admire and buy. Their educational seminars let you learn more about “Pruning Japanese Maples for Grace & Beauty” or “Cool Tools for Water Saving.” San Francisco’s Flower and Garden show takes place in 2011 from March 23rd to 27th. Show gardens are judged the day before the show opens but visitors vote on the People’s Choice Award. Learn to “Grow Your Lunch” or hear about the “10 Rules of Thumb for Basic Orchid Care” in their educational seminars. 2011 will focus on delicious gardening choices with a huge edible plant display and demonstrations from chefs as well as a farmer’s market.
Other states and cities offer their own flower and garden shows. Celebrate the coming of spring by planning to visit the one closest to you. Learn helpful tips for gardening, buy supplies or hire service providers and take in the beautiful floral displays.